Engineers Without Borders 5K a success, surpassing fundraising goal
Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2013 23:09
UConn’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) hosted their fourth annual 5K event on Saturday.
The event was the largest the group has ever hosted, surpassing their fundraising goal. The group revered the run as a great success because of the unexpectedly large amount of last minute sign-ups.
EWB President Andrew Silva praised the event’s success. He said that the support for the club has increased every year and that this past run is one of the largest they’ve had.
“This is awesome,” said Silva, a 7th-semester engineering major. “Every year more and more people come out and support us and it was a great day for [the run].”
International Community Service trips are funded by events such as Saturday’s run. In passed years, EWB has been able to go to countries, such as India and Nicaragua, using their education to improve the life quality of these country’s citizens.
Jake Lampron, a third semester engineering major, and one of the students who helped to organize the event, put great stress on the positive impact supporting the run would cause.
“The registration fee is going towards [our work],” said Lampron. “All of our money goes towards our projects, which help people all over the world.”
The support for the 5K was heavy. Even at 9 a.m., a crowd had already begun to gather in front of the EWB’s sign in table. The weather was crisp and clear, and as the start time neared the runner’s began to prepare for their 3.1-mile excursion.
Jackson Haigis was at the starting line bright and early.
“We’re here to support the club,” said Haigis. “They did a presentation in my engineering class and it’s [definitely] a good cause.”
Prizes were given to the top three runners.